The great evangelist George Whitfield was known as a mighty preacher in his day. Many great expositors look to him as a model for faithful preaching. Steve Lawson, in his book The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, writes, “Whitefield and Edwards became the twin instruments God used so mightily during the American Great Awakening.” This was a time in history in which people were being saved by the masses under their gospel-centered preaching and by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is also known as a revival in church history.
Is it too far fetched for us to witness a revival in the city of Phoenix today? Do we have faith that this could actually happen? Is it possible we could testify to thousands of people who are then saved by the good news of the gospel?
Oh, how I long to see that day! Do you? I’d submit to you that if we were going to tell our children and grandchildren about this “Great Awakening” in Phoenix, it’s going to be by the uncompromising preaching of the Word of God! To the degree that we are biblically rooted, relying on the Spirit of God to change the hearts of men and women, I believe we could see this happen.
God has gifted many servants of Christ with various spiritual gifts. Some have the gift of preaching and teaching. Some have the gift of prophecy and speaking in tongues. All gifts are for the edification of the church (1 Cor. 12:4-5). Nevertheless, one gift that Christians universally have is the gift of faith! However, preaching is an art and a gift that only some have—and it’s powerfully unique to bring people to faith in Christ because of the authoritative nature of the Bible. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Since God is authoritative, His words carry that same authority.
The Spirit-powered proclamation comes from being biblically rooted in the Scriptures. This is the second value at Roosevelt Community Church because we desire to be directed by the Word of God!